Joe Marler was rightly cited after two egregious incidents during England's Triple Crown sealing victory over Wales. Both incidents occurred in the first half, see Marler target both Welsh props - one by striking a defenseless player on the ground, and the other with a racial slur.
The citing committee heard both cases yesterday and most were expecting a lengthy ban. That wasn't the case, as Marler escaped without punishment, although he has dropped to the bench for England's tilt at the Grand Slam against France.
Twitter was apoplectic about the result of the hearing, and it's nice to see that it's not just Irish followers who get up in arms about ill-discipline going unpunished:
Can't believe Joe Marler has escaped punishment for his derogatory comment to Samson Lee.What sort of example to our children. Disgrace
— Martyn Bulman (@MartynBulman) March 17, 2016
Gypsy campaign group's response to Joe Marler reprieve: pic.twitter.com/Y9NbfsKBeW
— Ben Rumsby (@ben_rumsby) March 17, 2016
Rugby looking totally farcical this morning in the wake of the Marler verdicts. A terrible day yesterday for the sport.
— Delme Parfitt (@delmeparfitt) March 17, 2016
I have a feeling that an overhaul of rugby's entire disciplinary system may be on the agenda after the events of recent days. #shambles
— Chris Foy (@FoyChris) March 16, 2016
The Pope announced that following 2 miracles yesterday Joe Marler will made a saint. The decision has been welcomed by rugby administrators
— Huw G Jones (@HuwGJones310) March 17, 2016
Rugby union should feel thoroughly ashamed of itself this morning about Joe Marler. But it won't. Because it's living in a bubble.
— James Corrigan (@jcorrigangolf) March 17, 2016
I must admit I am pretty exasperated by the Marler decision. Deliberate striking to the head and no punishment at all. Doesn't sit right.
— Simon Thomas (@simonrug) March 16, 2016
Happy Joe Marler Day!
Somewhere in his blood there are a thousand leprechauns, each with a pot of gold.#luckyluckyboy
— Andy McGeady (@andymcgeady) March 17, 2016
And this is why that failure to punish an offence failed the game. https://t.co/pJCoP4jlsq
— Tim O'Connor (@timoconnorbl) March 17, 2016
— Killian Byrne (@killianbyrne) March 16, 2016